Appearance: coppers and ambers just like the name. Brilliantly clear. Bready head fades into a thick collar bordering a thin film marked by a few scattered bubbles. Swirls with spotty lace.
Nose: toasted whole grain wheat and rye breads. Spice mingles amidst with cinnamon, nutmeg, and powdered ginger. Dried apples and plums. Green earthiness in the back – like sticking one’s nose into a fern bush deep in the rich black soil. Melba and pumpernickel sticks.
Palate: wow. Crunchy sweetened caramelized sugars. Candied plums and apples – skins please. Melba and pumpernickel sticks are sweet on the outside, crunchy and spicy on the inside. Ferns along sides and in the back. Medium weight with a clean profile. More apple skins. Gently chewy in the middle with sweet fleshy apples atop fresh rye and whole wheat breads.
Final Thoughts: so far this is hands-down the best copper ale I have tasted. A relatively unknown and slightly vague style, I am doubly grateful that Lagunitas brews this beauty all year long. Yum!
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)